Karnataka Bandh Updates: TN to appeal SC for 5,000 cusecs of Cauvery water

Sep 29, 2023 11:55 PM IST

Karnataka Bandh Updates: Farmers and pro-Kannada groups are observing a bandh today to protest Cauvery water release to Tamil Nadu.

Karnataka Bandh Updates: Two days after the Bengaluru Bandh, the entire state is observing a strike today, called by pro-Kannada organizations. Protests are being held across the state against the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu amid a drought-like situation in several districts. Karnataka police have deployed extra force across the state to tackle protestors and avoid any law and order issues.

Karnataka Bandh LIVE: Kannada activists burn an effigy of Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin in Chikmagalur.
Karnataka Bandh LIVE: Kannada activists burn an effigy of Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin in Chikmagalur.(PTI)

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Here are the top 5 points:

  1. Section 144 has been imposed in Mandya, Bengaluru, Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Ramanagara and Hassan. Read more here
  2. Protests have been held near Town Hall and Freedom Park areas in Bengaluru.
  3. Transport and travel has been hit in several districts, with KSRTC buses operating in single digits against hundreds, and as many as 44 flights having been cancelled to and from the Bengaluru international airport.
  4. Protests were also held on the Tamil Nadu side, with officials saying they will appeal the Supreme Court to direct Karnataka to release 5,000 cusecs of water.
  5. All schools, colleges and other educational institutions have been given a holiday today in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Chamarajanagara, Ramanagara, Mandya and Hassan in view of the bandh.

Stay further up to date with Hindustan Times' liveblog, where you can find all the latest and LIVE news on the Karnataka bandh today.

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  • Sep 29, 2023 07:12 PM IST

    Over 700 protesters detained in Bengaluru: Police

    Hundreds of protestors were detained during Friday's Karnataka bandh called by pro-Kannada organisations and farmers' outfits to protest against the release of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu. The Bengaluru Police detained over 700 agitators who tried to block roads during the day-long shutdown.

  • Sep 29, 2023 06:53 PM IST

    We stand clear, do not want to give water to TN: Siddaramaiah on Cauvery water dispute

    Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah said that the government do not want to release water to Tamil Nadu at this point.

    He said, “A meeting with retired Supreme Court justices, irrigation experts and former advocate generals has been called this evening to discuss the next steps. Our stand is not to give water. We will discuss what will happen if such a decision is taken. If the water is not released, can the central government seize the reservoirs? Can it be contempt of court? Can the government itself be sacked? We will discuss all these implications.”

  • Sep 29, 2023 06:28 PM IST

    Actor Shiva Rajkumar convey his apologies to Siddharth on behalf of pro-Kannada members

    Kannada actor Shiva Rajkumar extended his apologies to Siddharth on behalf of pro-Kannada members who disrupted the press meet yesterday. He said that the people of Karnataka are the most humble people and they welcome every actor in other industries.

  • Sep 29, 2023 05:56 PM IST

    Officials asked to attend CWMA meeting in person: DK Shivakumar

    Karnataka deputy CM DK Shivakumar said, "We should be clear about the distress formula before demanding it. For that, we will first discuss about the formula (ourselves). A meeting has been called for this evening (Friday),"

    He said that the government will hold a discussion in the Chief Minister's office with senior lawyers, advocate general and senior irrigation experts who are handling the Cauvery case in the Supreme Court for the state.

    He also said that he has instructed the officials that they should attend today's CWMA meeting in person instead of online.

  • Sep 29, 2023 05:21 PM IST

    Bengaluru will run out of drinking water soon: Tejasvi Surya

    Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya slammed the Congress led Karnataka government for the way it is dealing with Cauvery water dispute with Tamil Nadu. He also said that Bengaluru will run out of drinking water if the government doesn’t act and alleged that there is no proper coordination between the CM and deputy CM of Karnataka.

  • Sep 29, 2023 04:49 PM IST

    Bandh was needless: Karnataka deputy CM DK Shivakumar

    Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar on Friday said there was no need for a bandh over Cauvery row as his government is protecting the interests of the State. A Karnataka bandh, called by various pro-Kannada organisations along with farmers' outfits, was observed today to protest the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

  • Sep 29, 2023 04:30 PM IST

    Karnataka govt to meet legal experts on Cauvery issue

    Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah called for a meeting on Friday evening with the legal and irrigation experts to chalk out a distress formula for the Cauvery dispute between the state and Tamil Nadu. “A decision will be taken after a meeting with a team of legal and irrigation experts this evening,” said CMO in an announcement.

  • Sep 29, 2023 04:18 PM IST

    Inter-state traffic affected on bandh day

    As Karnataka is under bandh today, the transport between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu was affected. Many buses which are coming to Karnataka from Tamil Nadu districts were diverted by the police at borders. A lot of buses remained in the bus stands at Hosur, which is on the border of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

  • Sep 29, 2023 03:49 PM IST

    Popular Rameshwaram cafe shuts shop, extends support to Karnataka bandh

    Bengaluru's popular Rameshwaram cafe has extended its support to Karnataka bandh and stood with the farmers who are protesting against releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. The outlets have even displayed a placard and announced that the Rameshwaram cafe stands with the Cauvery protests in Karnataka.

  • Sep 29, 2023 03:23 PM IST

    Pro-Kannada organisations and farmer groups meet CM Siddaramaiah

    Pro-Kannada organisations, farmers' association leader Kurubur Shanthakumar, and other organisation leaders met Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and demanded a distress formula solution when there is less rain in the state.

    Siddaramaiah earlier said that they are working on a distress formula and even requested for PM Modi's intervention in the Cauvery dispute.

  • Sep 29, 2023 02:54 PM IST

    Large scale tree based agriculture will help Cauvery river to not dry up: Jaggi Vasudev

    Jaggi Vasudev aka Sadhguru said that tree based agriculture can help Cauvery river not to dry up during the summer months.

    In an X post, he said, “Mother Cauvery does not know which state we belong to but she is suffering with depletion and drying up during the summer months. Bringing large scale tree based agriculture and vegetating the 83,000 sq kms of Cauvery basin is the only way Cauvery will flow 12 months of the year in abundance. Let us strengthen and enhance Mother Cauvery rather than fighting over depleted waters. Let wisdom prevail.”

  • Sep 29, 2023 02:30 PM IST

    Karnataka govt failed representing facts near CWMA: Tejasvi Surya

    Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya blamed the Congress led Karnataka government for receiving adverse orders from CWMA regarding the Cauvery water dispute.

    He said, “CM @Siddaramaiah govt has the basic responsibility of representing facts - in the best manner possible - before the CWMA. But its abject failure in highlighting 60% deficit rainfall during SW Monsoon, drought in 32 of 34 Cauvery taluks, requirement of 106 TMC water for Karnataka with only 50 TMC of water in Cauvery reservoirs and oncoming northeast monsoon for TN has resulted in Karnataka receiving adverse orders from CWMA in every meeting."

  • Sep 29, 2023 02:20 PM IST

    Kannada actors take part in protest at Sri Gururaja Kalyana Mantapa

    Kannada actors have come together in support with state wide bandh called by farmer groups and pro-Kannada organisations. Actors Shivarajkumar, Darshan, 'Duniya' Vijay and Dhruva Sarja were among those who took part in the protest held near Sri Gururaja Kalyana Mantapa.

    The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce on Thursday announced support to the day-long bandh after a meeting, Theatres across the State have canceled the shows till evening, with the Karnataka Film Exhibitors Association backing the shut-down.

  • Sep 29, 2023 02:06 PM IST

    ‘Bengaluru and Karnataka are safe’: Karnataka DCM DK Shivakumar

    Karnataka Deputy CM DK Shivakumar said, "Karnataka bandh is totally peaceful. All the people are cooperating. We have given full protection to everyone. We requested the institutions not to call for a bandh since there is no consent from the Supreme Court or High Court. So, Bengaluru and Karnataka are safe...In the afternoon there is a meeting, I have sent our team there. We will discuss various issues." (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 01:55 PM IST

    ‘There is no coordination between CM & DCM’: Tejasvi Surya

    “Farmers do not have water to support their one-standing crop. In this scenario, releasing additional water to Tamil Nadu will severely compromise the state's drinking water needs. This is a very grim reality that needs to be presented before the Cauvery Water Management Authority. There is no coordination between the CM and the deputy CM. The state government is very casual in its approach,” Tejasvi Surya said. (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 01:43 PM IST

    ‘Karnataka needs 106 TMC water, but has only 50 TMC’: Tejasvi Surya

    On the Cauvery Water Issue, BJP Yuva Morcha National President and MP Tejasvi Surya said, “The Water situation in Karnataka is extremely grim. The state has suffered a 60% deficit in rainfall this year. The state needs about 106 TMC of water, it has only 50 TMC water.” (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 01:34 PM IST

    Bandh response poor in several districts

    Not all regions of Karnataka responded with equal fervour to the bandh call. Haveri reported a lacklustre response, with public transport and commercial establishments operating normally. Belagavi also remained largely unaffected, with schools and businesses continuing their regular operations. In Kodagu district, shops and establishments remained open, and people carried on with their daily routines.

  • Sep 29, 2023 01:10 PM IST

    ‘Strike is just political’: DMK’s Elangovan amid protests in Karnataka

    Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader TKS Elangovan on Friday alleged ongoing protests in Karnataka against the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu to be “just political”. Elangovan said that the Cauvery is not Karnataka’s property, further alleging that the state government is “submitting” to local politics. (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 01:00 PM IST

    ‘All parties of TN, Karnataka should sit and sort this out’: Members of pro-Kannada org

    "We have come over here to protest against the Cauvery water issue. This is very old issue and we should solve this problem at the earliest. All the parties of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka should sit and sort out this matter," said a member of a pro-Kannada organisation in Bengaluru on Cauvery River water issue. (PTI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 12:50 PM IST

    Farmers association in Tamil Nadu also stages protest

    Farmers' association in Tamil Nadu's Trichy staged a protest by standing in the Cauvery, demanding release of more water to Tamil Nadu. (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 12:40 PM IST

    Karnataka bandh: Farmers association blocks trains in Mandya

    Members of farmers' association in Karnataka's Mandya held 'Rail Roko' protest over the Cauvery water sharing issue. See visuals (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 12:31 PM IST

    'Karnataka govt failed to present its case before CWMA': Tejasvi Surya

    BJP MP Tejasvi Surya said, "The state government is releasing Cauvery River water to Tamil Nadu. If Cauvery River water is going to Tamil Nadu like this, the people of Bengaluru will not have drinking water. The Karnataka government has failed to present its case before CWMA (Cauvery Water Management Authority)." (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 12:20 PM IST

    TN to appeal SC for 5,000 cusecs of water from Karnataka

    On the Cauvery water sharing issue, Tamil Nadu Water Resources Minister Duraimurugan said, "We will again demand the release of 5000 cusecs of water from Karnataka. We will appeal to the Supreme Court and they will direct the Karnataka government." (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 12:11 PM IST

    Pro-Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj detained

    Pro-Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj detained by the Town Hall Police during the Karnataka Bandh protest. See visuals. (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 12:01 PM IST

    KSRTC buses ply in single digits in several districts

    The worst-hit KSRTC divisions in terms of operations were Mysuru and Chamarajanagar. Against the scheduled departure of 447 buses, only seven plied in Mysuru while in Chamarajanagar, eight out of 247 bus services operated. Mandya, Chikkamagaluru and Bengaluru witnessed 37.25 per cent, 51.49 per cent and 57.39 per cent operations, respectively, against the scheduled departures. (PTI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 11:55 AM IST

    Karnataka film industry extends support to bandh

    The Kannada film industry has extended support to the bandh. Theatres across the State have cancelled shows till evening, with the Karnataka Film Exhibitors Association backing the bandh. (PTI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 11:45 AM IST

    Chikkamagaluru: Protestors burn effigies of Karnataka CM, DCM

    In Chikkamagaluru, protesters burned effigies of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar in protest of the Cauvery water release to Tamil Nadu.

  • Sep 29, 2023 11:30 AM IST

    Former CM HD Kumaraswamy demands release of activists arrested during Karnataka bandh

    Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Friday demanded that the state government release the activists detained during the bandh to protest the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. (PTI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 11:10 AM IST

    44 flights cancelled to & from Karnataka

    As many as 44 flights have been cancelled to and from Karnataka. These flights were scheduled to come in from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Mangaluru, among other locations. This includes the cancellation of 22 flights arriving in Bengaluru and 22 departing flights.

  • Sep 29, 2023 11:00 AM IST

    Karnataka Bandh LIVE: Protestors bathe using bottled water, question state govt over water shortage

    Karnataka Bandh LIVE: Members of pro-Kannada organisations staged protests in a unique way over the Cauvery water issue in Bengaluru. While one of the protestors had on a black blindfold, signifying the state government's alleged blind sidedness over the distress to Karnataka over shortage in water, the other laid on the ground with a garland.

    Protestors later put on an act of bathing with bottled water and questioned the government over water shortage. (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 10:50 AM IST

    Karnataka CM, DCM set to hold meeting over Cauvery row

    Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and Deputy CM DK Shivakumar are expected to hold a meeting on the Cauvery water-sharing issue today. (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 10:40 AM IST

    Restaurants, markets, theatres & establishments closed today

    Restaurants, hotels, malls, markets, theatres and other public institutions remained closed today. They are likely to open back up post 6pm.

  • Sep 29, 2023 10:33 AM IST

    Section 144 imposed in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Ramanagara & Hassan

    Authorities have clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code in Bengaluru Urban, Mandya, Mysuru, Chamarajanagara, Ramanagara and Hassan districts, and declared a holiday for schools and colleges there. (PTI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 10:23 AM IST

    ‘We anticipate disruption’: Bengaluru airport issues advisory

    The Bengaluru airport authorities issued a passenger advisory in the midst of the state-wide bandh, saying, “Due to the one-day Karnataka bandh called by various unions and organisations on September 29, 2023, we anticipate disruption in transport services. Passengers are advised to plan their travel to and from the airport accordingly. Passengers are requested to follow alerts from respective airlines, law enforcement agencies and media releases for further updates.”

  • Sep 29, 2023 10:14 AM IST

    Strike disrupts normal life in Bengaluru, southern parts of state

    The Karnataka bandh received a good response in Bengaluru and other southern parts of the State on Friday, disrupting normal life. Authorities have clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code in Bengaluru Urban, Mandya, Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Ramanagara and Hassan districts, and declared a holiday for schools and colleges there. (PTI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 09:59 AM IST

    Watch: Freedom Park protests see members of pro-Kannada groups rolling on the street

    Members of pro-Kannada organisations rolled on the roads near Bengaluru's Freedom Park on Friday while holding brooms and buckets in protest against the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. Watch. (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 09:51 AM IST

    Karnataka Bandh: Freedom Park sole location for rallies, says Bengaluru top cop

    Bengaluru police commissioner D Dayananda said the city's Freedom Park will be the sole location where protests will be allowed on bandh day. Read more here

  • Sep 29, 2023 09:41 AM IST

    Karnataka transport minister assures KSRTC buses will continue to ply

    Karnataka transport minister Ramalinga Reddy assured that the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses will continue to ply today. "Those who are doing bandh should do it peacefully. The transport buses will ply despite the bandh tomorrow and there is no need for passengers to worry," he said. However, fewer buses will be plying throughout the state today than usual, he added. (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 09:30 AM IST

    Protests continue in Hubballi, Attibele

    Pro-Kannada outfits in Karnataka's Hubballi staged a protest over the Cauvery water release to Tamil Nadu. See visuals (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 09:20 AM IST

    Protests rage on in Mandya | Visuals

    Mandya district saw continuous protests at various locations, with members of pro-Kannada groups donning shawls with Karnataka flag colours and raising slogans. See visuals. (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 09:10 AM IST

    ‘We have made adequate arrangements’: Bengaluru Crime DCP

    Karnataka bandh LIVE: Bengaluru police on Friday said they have made adequate arrangements to ensure no untoward incidents take place. Shekhar H Tekkannavar, DCP, Crime, Bengaluru city said, "We have made adequate arrangements of the force. We will see that no untoward incident takes place." (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 09:00 AM IST

    Bengaluru cops issue traffic advisory around Majestic

    Bengaluru cops issued a traffic advisory in the midst of a state-wide bandh today. “In the background of the call for Karnataka bandh, pro-Kannada organizations are taking out a protest march from Town Hall to Freedom Park and there is a possibility of traffic disruption around Majestic and the public has been asked to travel through alternative routes,” they posted on social media.

  • Sep 29, 2023 08:51 AM IST

    Protestors detained by cops outside Bengaluru airport | Watch

    Karnataka Bandh: Pro-Kannada outfit members were detained by police while protesting outside the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru. See visuals (PTI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 08:42 AM IST

    Security beefed up in Mandya amid bandh

    Security arrangements tightened in Karnataka's Mandya as several pro-Kannada organisations called for a 'bandh' today regarding the Cauvery water issue. (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 08:30 AM IST

    WATCH: Bengaluru metro wears deserted look on bandh day

    The Bengaluru metro on Friday morning wore a deserted look as fewer commuters showed up on bandh day amid the raging Cauvery dispute. See visuals. (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 08:20 AM IST

    More than 50 protestors detained, says Bengaluru Rural district Additional SP

    Mallikarjun Baladandi, Additional SP of Bengaluru Rural district said, "We have made proper arrangements as a bandh has been called by several pro-Kannada organisations. More than 50 people from the organisations have been taken into custody... We have sufficient staff and we will make sure nothing goes wrong." (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 08:11 AM IST

    Cauvery row: Cops detain protestors near Attibele

    Bengaluru police detain members of pro-Kannada organisations near Attibele. (ANI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 08:02 AM IST

    Mandya: Protestors go knee deep in Cauvery river, demand govt to stop releasing water to TN

    Karnataka Bandh LIVE Updates: Pro-Kannada organisation, the Kannada Jagruthi Vedike (KJV), in Mandya went knee deep in the Cauvery river and raised slogans while holding posters of several political leaders including Pratap Simha, Tejasvi Surya, Sadananda Gowda and DK Suresh, demanding the Karnataka government to stop releasing water to Tamil Nadu. (PTI)

  • Sep 29, 2023 07:50 AM IST

    Pro-Kannada outfit protests in Chamarajanagar | Watch

    Karnataka Bandh: Pro-Kannada outfit protests in Chamarajanagar over The Cauvery water dispute. See visuals. (PTI)

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